A growing theory online suggests that your moral compass may be determined by what you do with a shopping cart. But can this be transposed to other areas of life?
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s the difference between considerate and inconsiderate, courteous and discourteous.
The question is: Which one are you?
A growing theory online suggests that your moral compass can be determined by what you do with a cart, and whether you put it back in the cart or leave it stuck in the parking lot.
Ideally, this is what you do when no one is watching. Some say the litmus test of the shopping cart, or litmus test, is the best test when it comes to the question, “Are you doing the right thing when there’s no reward?”
“We think it’s valuable, we think it’s desirable to live in a civil society,” said Dr Alan Murphy.
Dr. Murphy, director of clinical ethics at OhioHealth, is quick to point out that there are underlying possibilities with this theory, such as maybe you’re not physically able to return the cart or maybe there is an emergency and you don’t have time to return the cart. However, assuming you’re physically able and not in a hurry, he says the basket theory makes interesting connections between people and their morality.
“Better and safer to live in a society where we take reasonable and good faith steps on each of our sides to reduce each other’s risks,” he said.
Gestures of good faith, such as returning the cart, or wearing a mask if you have not been vaccinated.
10TV’s Bryant Somerville asked if Dr. Murphy thought there was a connection between not handing over the cart and people who aren’t vaccinated, but still choose not to wear a mask.
“I think we could probably find a parallel,” Dr. Murphy said.
Although COVID-19 is a much more serious subject than a loose shopping cart and peeling paint, it is the concept of knowing that the rules of the mask are more relaxed and knowing that Covid-19 is still there that raises the question: what will you do?
“The bottom line comes down to the Golden Rule, which is do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Dr. Murphy said.